Race Weekend Central

Kickin’ the Tires: NASCAR’s Decisions Made in Best Interest of the Sport

2015 Michigan Ii Cup Pack Racing Cia

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It’s pretty obvious that the high-downforce racing package isn’t what’s best for race fans or conducive to the best overall action on the track – at least in the current configuration. It failed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and it didn’t seem to produce the desired results at Michigan International Speedway, either. But had the attempt …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Ward Family Seeks Jackpot Justice in Wrongful Death Case

2015 Watkins Glen Cup Tony Stewart Car Cia

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Let’s just get the facts out there before anyone gets confused. On August 9, 2014, a guy racing under the influence of marijuana at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York got in a wreck battling for position against one of the best drivers in the world. The result brought about a tragic turn when the …

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Friday Faceoff: Safety in the Pits, Silly Season Dominoes & Truckin’ Trouble

2015 Pocono Cwts Brad Keselowski Crash Damage Cia

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Sunday’s race at Pocono included a nasty crash where Kasey Kahne spun off turn 3 and slid into the pits, hitting the wall so hard metal braces were bent and the concrete cracked. Jeb Burton had almost an identical crash on Saturday during practice. Can anything be done to prevent this type of crash or …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Safe to Say, Joe Gibbs Racing Has Done a 180

Kyle Busch and Joey Logano race for position in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

Earlier in the season, the odds were against any of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers being contenders for the Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2015. Before the season had really even begun, Kyle Busch was looking at a potentially career-ending injury and would be out for an unknown number of races. The team, as a …

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Kickin’ the Tires: New Aero Package at Indy Lacked Oomph

Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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As much as NASCAR wanted the new, high-downforce aero package to work, that doesn’t appear to be the case according to drivers and those watching from the sidelines. Even the most vehement supporter of the sanctioning body would tell you it’s impossible to say Sunday’s racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway eclipsed past performances there for …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Another Aero Package Debut, Now What?

2014 Indianapolis Cup Kyle Larson Kyle Busch Austin Dillon Racing Cia

Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon race for position turning the Brickyard 400. (Credit: CIA)

A week ago, NASCAR unveiled a low downforce aero package at Kentucky Speedway. This upcoming weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway a new high-downforce package will be the exact opposite – but the question is: will it produce the same type of exciting results? The hope is to slow the cars down to make the racing more exciting. As I …

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Kickin’ the Tires: New Aero Package Brings Better Racing

Kybusch Passes Cedwards

(Photo: Jerry Jordan, Frontstretch)

It’s impossible for anyone with two eyes to argue that Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway was the best the sport has seen since it began racing at the track four years ago. Although some might argue better racing at Kentucky was a low bar to clear, it still baffles me how anyone can claim …

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Friday Faceoff: Evaluating Rules, Wreckage & Chase Heading To Kentucky

Kentucky Rain

(Photo: Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch)

Welcome to Friday Faceoff, our weekly NASCAR roundtable where the Frontstretch experts give their take on major storylines surrounding the sport. Here’s a few major questions we’re trying to answer heading into Kentucky. 1) We’ve had a full week to digest the Austin Dillon wreck, its aftermath and reaction from fans, other competitors and NASCAR …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Fans, Drivers OK Because NASCAR Safety Worked

A last-lap crash in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona involved several racecars.

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

Contrary to popular belief, speed doesn’t kill; however, going fast has consequences and one of those is the danger when a fast moving object comes to an abrupt stop or, in the case of Daytona International Speedway this past Sunday night, when a car gets airborne racing for the win. The knee-jerk reaction for some …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Was a ‘Brotherly Shove’ Imminent at Sonoma?

Kyle Busch leads his brother Kurt in the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

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The feel-good story of the week is Kyle Busch getting a much-needed win that may make him eligible for the post-season Chase for the Championship – but with his older brother closing on him in the final laps did anyone believe Kurt Busch wouldn’t have delivered a little ‘Brotherly Shove’ to steal the win? Sure, Kyle still …

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Kickin’ the Tires: NASCAR Making Moves to Make Racing Better

Jimmis Johnson and Casey Mears race at Kentucky Speedway July 2014.

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2014)­­

In response to a decline in passes for the lead under race conditions, paired with the handling of the current version of the Generation-6 Sprint Cup Series racecar, NASCAR took action last week. Steve O’Donnell, the sport’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, announced a new racing package being debuted for upcoming action …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Roush Fenway Racing Needs a Crisis Management Plan

2015 Michigan I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Cia

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Michigan International Speedway may be Chevrolet’s backyard but it was once more commonly known as, “Jack Roush’s House.” Unfortunately for he and the entire Roush Fenway Racing organization, it appears someone locked the front door and took away the keys from Ford’s former racing giant. Going into this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series festivities blue-oval fans were …

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